Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!

Whooo Hooo! It's What's up Wednesday, the last Wednesday of the month and I am actually blogging this on the day I'm supposed to!

(Was that a Pig I just saw in the sky???)

On to the fun!

-What I'm Eating this week-
I desperately need to go grocery shopping, so meals have been interesting! It's eat whatever you can find around here. I do have cereal and milk so at least Breakfast is covered.

-What I'm reminiscing about-
I have a digital picture frame in my kitchen, and I have been looking at it while working at my kitchen table. I put some of my favorite pictures of Snugglemuffin as a wee little one on it. I'm loving remembering him when he was little bitty!

-What I'm Loving-
If my body/health holds up I will actually get to see several friends this week and next week! Hurray!! I'm in need of friend time!

-What I've been up to-
Work, work and more work :) Thankfully I love my job! I've been hard at work on fall scheduling, as well as developing new ways for my students to learn.  Their Lesson Folders are gaining more papers each day. (Some of them might be less than thrilled about this. ha!)

-What I'm dreading-
Having to get up early for the rest of the week. It's been a busy week so far, and it's nowhere close to being done. I am really tired already!

-What I'm working on-
This Blog post :) And the aforementioned stuff two bullet points before.

-What I'm excited about-
My Massage later this week!!

-What I'm watching/reading-
Well I just finished White Collar-LOVED! So I am looking for another series to binge watch on Netflix. I am reading books on my tablet, racing to get some more hours for my Summer Reading program that ends on Friday.

-What I'm listening to-
My A/C that hasn't shut off all day.It is HOT outside!

-What I'm wearing-
I feel like this is a slightly creepy question! But, Shorts a green t shirt and a coral tank top.

-What I'm doing this weekend-
Hopefully sleeping in on Saturday. Then seeing my parents!

-What I'm looking forward to next month-
Meeting up with April and finally meeting her baby girl! Being back on a school schedule and not having to get up so early everyday. #nightowl

-What else is new-
Nothing, and that's the way I like it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Day in the Life-Summer 2015

I have seen many day in the life posts on the blogs I read and have always wanted to do my own but figured they were just for people with kids. But last week I saw a single girl post one and I thought hey, if she can do it, so can I! Who knows how exciting this day will be :) but I tried to pick a busy one so that I would have lots to write about. And lots I did. I filled up 3 1/5 pages in my notebook of my day. It was slightly awkward to take pictures of everything, so not everything has a picture! Shocking, I know. 

So here is a day in the life of this Piano Teacher, Summer of 2015!

8:25 am. It's Monday morning and my alarm goes off. I groan a little bit, but turn it off, and grab my tablet to check email and fb while I convince myself to get out of bed.

8:40 am. I finally convinced myself :) I get out of bed, and take my morning medicines.

8:50 Normally I get up and move around for a bit before I take a shower, but today I have somewhere to be in the late morning, and my hair needs to air dry for a bit. So I hop in the shower.

9:00 am Shower helped me wake up. I put my hair in a towel, brush my teeth and head to my bedroom to get dressed.

I leave my hair in the towel for a little bit and then go detangle, comb, and put product on. Then back to my bedroom to spray it with hairspray (helps with the frizz as it dries) and pull back the front with clips.

 I grab my makeup and put it on in the hallway. Better lighting than my bedroom.
 9:25 am, Dressed. Makeup is on, I put my glasses on and I head to the living room and grab my laptop.

9:27, Time to check the blog world! I pull up blogger and instantly see that a lady I have read about who has been fighting cancer, passed away. She leaves behind a husband and two small kids. It makes me really sad to read about her passing. Cancer is still a very touchy subject for me. I stop and pray for her family.

9:55 I realize I forgot to take my mid morning medicine, I run off to the bedroom to get it. I have to take it before I eat my Breakfast.

10:01 I have checked in on everything I felt like checking online, I email Auds and ask how her weekend was.

10:08 Finally ready for breakfast. today it's Cereal. Chocolate fake cheerios from Kroger which in my opinion are WAY better than the real thing. I grab my bowl and sit down on the couch to eat. I turn on White Collar, my latest obsession on Netflix, to watch while i eat my cereal.

10:15 Done with breakfast, I turn off white collar and head to the bathroom to put in my contacts.

My eyes are not happy today so it takes several tries on both eyes to get them in. After my contacts are in, I head to my bedroom to blow dry and attempt to style my hair. It doesn't go as planned but then again when does it? I take a picture of me mid drying, it is too scary to show the internet.

 10:52- I grab my purse and keys and head out the back door (front door is stuck thanks to the humidity) time to head to my first allergy shot of the week. ( I do two a week)
 I didn't write down the time as i was leaving so I take a picture of my fancy new watch with the time as i'm sitting in my driveway.
 I'm driving to the dr's office and see the vehicle on the right. Having watched 50+ episodes of White Collar i immediately think of their Stakeout Van and wonder if that vehicle is really what they say they are, or a hidden FBI office inside. 
 11 something- I get to my Dr's office, park in the back and head inside for my allergy shot.
 It takes me only about 4-5 mins inside, until i am done and back in the truck ready to head back home. I try to take a picture of my watch for the time and the stupid thing has reset again. I am annoyed!
 11:22- Back home. I couldn't get in my front door, still stuck. So i go in the back door and then unlock the front door and manage to pry it open. I pray that it stays where it will open so my students won't have to walk in thru the back. I set up my laptop at the kitchen table, grab a coke, and start working on thing. For me, Mondays are usually heavy on paperwork, and computer work. Prepping for the week's lessons and different things that my students need. Today I am working on finishing designing a game of Piano Uno. I am making the cards myself and it is time consuming. I need to design and print them, cut out, and then laminate all the cards.
 11:52- As I'm working I hear the mail go, my Piano Pronto books arrived! I am ridiculously happy! Love these books and my students love them as well!
 I pull out my planner to update and take notes on what needs done this week. I also pull out my allergy shot schedule and write it today's date. I set my watch to the correct time. Again. We'll see how long this lasts.
 12:15-  I send a text to one of my students mom's to check in on some issues. Her lesson is this afternoon and I want to be prepared.

12:17- I heat up a slice of pizza. It's a working lunch today as I am still answering emails, texting the parents, and working on my fall schedule.

12:49- As I'm talking to my students Mom I have a genius idea on how to help with one of her issues. I fist pump the air, and clap for good measure. I have another idea and head into the Piano Room to prepare it for her lesson later that afternoon.

12:58- I do my Bing daily searches on my laptop. I use my bing points for my Hulu Plus Subscription, so I remember to do them every day!

1:07 pm- Check my watch. It has reset to 12 again. I set my watch, AGAIN, slightly annoyed.

1:08-1:14 pm- I prepare for my student that is about to arrive. I fill up my water bottle with ice water, grab my ice pack for my back, shut my bedroom door so no nosy students wander in, run to the bathroom and put up the baby gates to the kitchen to keep students out.

1:25 pm- Open blinds and startle when i notice my student and family is outside the door. Whoops! I open the door to let them in.

1:30 to 2:30 pm- Teach two separate lessons to two different students. Have a break through with the second student, I was so happy I almost cried. So rewarding to see them succeed!

2:35 pm- After students leave I sit back down at my laptop in the kitchen. I check and reply to emails. Grab a snack, and write my to do list, and my grocery list. I finish the Piano Uno cards that I have been working on all day. I still need to print them but the design is finished! HURRAY!

3:13 pm- It's time to get ready for the next wave of students.

3:16 pm- I grab my tablet to check the weather. My sunny day has turned cloudy, I hope we're not getting MORE RAIN.

3:18 pm- No rain on the radar. I open the front door and open the blinds, and go back to my computer while I wait.

 3:19 pm- I realize I haven't taken very many pictures for this post so I take a scintillating picture of my door open, and then take a self portrait of me sitting at my computer.  I also set my watch again. This watch is on my last nerve.
 3:31 pm- Students, twins actually, arrive and the mom is on crutches! We catch up on her injury and I teach each twin her lesson.

4:37 pm- Students are done and gone, I decide to run to the grocery store quickly before my evening lessons.

4:38-5:11 pm- There are alot of annoying and slow shoppers in the world. Unfortunately for me they all seem to be at Payless with me right now. There is a lady sniffing, yes SNIFFING a melon. I pass by the doughnut display. One of my students talked about Doughnuts and now they are in my mind. I grab one. I look back and the lady is sniffing another melon. Better make that two doughnuts, I have a feeling I am going to need them.

5:11 pm- I am finally back from grocery shopping and I am HANGRY. Like eat off my hand Hangry. I eat a doughnut while I heat up a burrito for dinner. It's Monday. we are not healthy today.
 5:17 pm- groceries are put away. Burrito is ready and I am finally sitting down to relax for a minute. I'm tired and not anywhere close to being done for the day. I turn White collar back on to zone out while I eat. Also, my shirt is itching me. I take it off, and eat in my tank top. Much better. I remember I need to take my early evening medicine so I run to bedroom to grab it.
 5:35 pm- Break is over. I go into my bedroom to find a non itchy, non sequiny top that will match my bright tank top. I find one and sigh in relief at it's comfiness. Hallelujah. I freshen up my powder and slap some lip gloss on.

5:40 pm- Time to refill my ice water, grab my ice pack, you know the drill. I put it in my studio and then sit back down at my desk while I wait for my student to arrive.

6-6:34 pm- My Adult student arrives and we catch up and have her lesson. I am in a happy mood because we played one of my favorite songs as a duet "Colors of the wind". I have to force myself not to start singing as we are playing.

6:35 pm- Student leaves, I put my ice pack back in the freezer and sit down to answer some emails from a parent and work on scheduling her child's fall lesson time.

6:55 pm- Final student for the day arrives. Her little brother is carrying a stuffed Tigger. It immediately makes me think of Snugglemuffin and his bff Eeyore. I miss my nephews. 

6:59 - 7:30 pm- I teach my last student of the day. She did well with some tough songs. I was proud once again.

7:40 pm- Family leaves, they are off to the fair. And I have to go to Walmart. I hate Walmart. The Mom commiserates with me, we all dislike walmart!

7:45 pm- I brace myself and head off to walmart. On the way I was supposed to drop a deposit in the night deposit box at the bank. Which i don't remember until I am parking at walmart. Shoot. Will have to do that on the way home.

7:50 something- I pull up to walmart and get a decent parking space. I go inside and the real fun begins. Ha. Not!

So I'm at walmart to pick up my new pool i ordered. the other one got a hole in it, so i ordered a new one that was a little bit smaller. I decide to check out the clothing on the way to the back. I find a cute pink t shirt, a mint green t shirt and a white cami. they all go in my cart.

I make my way to the pick up and actually find a sales associate to go get my order. I am happy!

Pool is in my cart and I make my way to the jewelry counter. My favorite watch broke (hence the digital one that won't keep time) and I need to buy a battery and have someone install it, as i have to idea how to get the back off my watch. I press the button for help and it says someone is coming. I look at jewelry to pass the time and find a 1.00 necklace, into the cart it goes.

No one. Ever. Comes.

I wait for over 20 mins and finally walk back to the place where you try on clothes, i tell the associate my issue. She informs me those buttons don't work and no one ever hears them. FABULOUS. She radio's someone to come help me as I go back to the jewelry counter.

It is blazing hot in Walmart, apparently they don't believe in a/c. I am sweating and dying. Finally after waiting for over 35 minutes at the stupid jewelry counter, I look around and find the battery I need and decide i will learn how to change it myself. I. am. TICKED. Like I will cut you ticked. All I want to do is leave, go home and take a shower.

I check out, and walk outside. 

It's raining.

Of course it's raining!

I get soaked while I load stuff into my truck.

I decide I have earned a Coke Icee from Burger King. I pull up and can't decide whether I want Cherry or Regular. I order both. I am dying of thrist and haven't drank much today. Might as well.

Despite having one car in front of me and only ordering beverages I sit in the drive thru for over 12 minutes.

This does nothing for the spectacular mood I have going on at the moment.

Finally, I get my drinks, and leave. Stop at the bank drive thru, drop off my check and I am home free. Never so happy to get home. As a bonus I did not drop anything coming inside. Winning.

I lock my door, set my stuff down and head straight for the bathroom. I need a shower like none other.

9:00 pm- That shower felt amazing. I am clean and smell good. Life is somewhat worth living again. I found an item by the Piano that wasn't mine, so I try to track down which student it belonged to. Finally figure out whose it was, and I put it in my lost and found.

9:20 pm- I decide it is time to sit down and relax. I grab my laptop and turn on white collar. I have some emails from student's parents so I read those.

9:40 pm- Relaxing was short lived. I remembered that I had some items to print off that I needed to put in the mail for tomorrow. I also have about 40 sheets of paper to print off for my Piano Uno game that I finished designing earlier in the day. I take my laptop into the Piano Room, hook it up to my printer and start printing away.

10:29 pm- Stuff is done printing, my mail is ready to be mailed, and my contacts are ready to come out! My eyes are super tired. I put on my glasses and realize I never took my vitamins. I head to the kitchen to get my vitamins and have a snack with them. I take snack to the couch and finally sit down to relax. It has been a long day and I'm really tired.

11:25 pm- Time for bed. I brush my teeth and take off my makeup. Take my evening medicines and get in bed. I use my tablet to read a little bit of a book while I am winding down.

11:55 pm- My eyes are starting to hurt, I am finally tired enough to sleep. I plug in my tablet and turn the light on it off, and attempt to go to sleep.

And that was my Monday! I realized I never took any pictures after like 5:45, so I am giving you a bonus picture! This is my new pool after I blew it up. It took me almost 2 hours. And a dead hairdryer later. (I finally got wise and used my dirt devil)

Maybe not the most exciting day ever, but it was a day in the life! No day is the same for me, each day has a different schedule of students and different things to be done. Like I said earlier, Mondays are heavy on the administrative side, if you will, of Piano lessons. I'm also working on my Fall Schedule so I have been emailing and texting a lot of parents to try and coordinate their students new time.

If you made it through this post without falling asleep I am impressed! Go reward yourself with a Coke Icee (or two :) )

Friday, July 17, 2015

Girls Night with A&A

 Last night Audra and Addie came over to my house and we had a girls night dinner! Funny Story, I put chicken in the crock pot to make chicken tacos for our dinner. They were frozen so I put them in earlier in the day. During the afternoon I was teaching and one family came in and sniffed and thought it smelled SO good. The brother of my student sighed in glee when I said it was chicken tacos. He was all about crashing dinner, until he heard that it was going to be girls night. His little 9 yr old self wanted nothing to do with that! ha!
 I had to take some pictures of my set up, all of the glassware was my Grams. I wasn't sure what to do with it, and I thought why not use it! No sense in having pretty things and not using them. So I did!
 I would also like to point out that I grew the lettuce pictured here! Despite Audra wondering what was wrong with it (small lettuce) I did in fact grow leaf lettuce! And it was tasty!
 For the first time Addie was actually AWAKE during our get together! I had so much fun playing with her and getting to see her big smiles! She was cracking me up! She kept pulling at her bow and had some problems because of it.
 Which I thought was hysterical. Sure I'll help you Addie, but first let me take a picture!

 I promise you she is SO smiley and SOOOOOo sweet, we haven't quite gotten down the smile for a picture with Miss Charity yet, but we are working on it :) And check out her gorgeous blue eyes!!!! Love that girl.
 And I love this girl too! I realized right as we were carrying stuff out to Audra's car that we forgot to get a picture together! SO i ran inside and grabbed my camera..
And then we decided it would look better with my house in the background instead of a car :)

Love our girls night and I'm obsessed with our new addition!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Beauty Routine

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Andrea, to join in on her Show and Tell Tuesdays. This week it is all about Beauty Routines, and I thought it sounded like fun! I am no beauty expert, and my motto is to spend as little of time putting on makeup as possible. So here's my routine!

I need to start off by saying this is my Summer Routine. I wanted to wear less face makeup, think NO foundation, but I have less than perfect skin. I bought some Jergen's Self Tanner Moisturizer for my face to help even out my skin tone, and give my face some color. (After the Dermatologist nightmare from earlier this year, I have become hardcore about sunscreen and keeping my face out of the sun)

I'm happy to say the Self Tanner is working and I do not look like Oompa Loompa! * My Junior year roomies and suitemates are relieved at this point.* I put on the self tanner in the evenings, maybe every other day, or when i remember to do it :)

After I get out of the shower and brush my teeth, I put moisturizer on while I am getting dressed, so it can soak into my skin before putting on my makeup. Right now I'm using this Aveeno one, which I received as a sample from Crowdtap and I really like it! Perfect for my sensitive skin.

Next up I slap some of Dr Brandt's Pores no More on my nose. I received it as a sample in my Birchbox a long time ago, it really helps even out my pores!
Another Birchbox find (sensing a theme here??) is Juice Beauty's Finishing powder. It's all natural and smells like fruit, which takes a little getting used to. I dust some of this all over my face to help even out the redness and cover the shine from my oily skin!

 After that if I'm wearing eyeshadow I will put primer on my lids, again, super oily eyes! This is the one i'm using and loving right now.
 Doesn't look so cute inside but you get the picture!

 If I feel like wearing eye shadow I will grab my latest favorite Palette, the Revealed (1) from again, Birchbox. It's very close to the Naked 1 and at a fraction of the price at 19.95!
Lots of great neutral tones. Perfect for summer!
 Eyeshadow or no eye shadow I always wear eye liner. Today I went with no eyeshadow and instead did a pretty blue eye liner. Colored eyeliner alone is one of my favorite tricks to look pulled together but really not be wearing much eye makeup! #lazy

My favorite liquid eye liner is Eeyko Eye Duo also from Birchbox.
 Mascara at the moment is Passion Eyes by D&G. I think I received it as a sample during a Sephora order and I love it! I usually wear 2 mascaras at once, one to lengthen my puny lashes and another to bulk them up. This is doing the job nicely!
And finally, my eyebrow pencil. I got this in another beauty box, it's IT Cosmetics and it is really nice! One end is the pencil, which adjusts to your hair shade (so fancy) and the other end is the spooly. I have never used a spooly on my eyebrows before but now i'm hooked! It really helps blend the makeup in and make them look natural.  My brows have turned blondeish and thanks to over plucking in my college years they are not very full or thick! Kids, don't over pluck your brows. #lifewisdom

So those are my beauty favorites for summer of 2015! It takes me about 10 mins to put on, 15 if i do eyeshadow. Fast and Easy but also put together!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Migraine Prevention

Last year during the Spring I posted a question on facebook, trying to find some information on how others prevented migraines and dealt with them. It ended up being a fairly popular post, and I learned that it's not just me that deals with Migraines frequently.

I've learned a few things in the past year, one which has had a HUGE impact on my Migraine activity, so I thought I would do a post to share some tips and tricks I have learned along the way.

Initially I was looking at prescription medicine as a way to help prevent my migraines. I tried a popular drug prescribed to me by my Dr. I didn't last 4 days taking it. How such a small pill can make someone feel so dizzy and loopy I don't know. But it did. It was TERRIBLE. I decided I would rather have migraines than feel like that!

About mid summer I got a second Chiropractor who gave me the great tip of using ice packs on my back. I started using them on my neck and my face when I was wanting to have a migraine or feeling nauseated from my chronic illness with my colon. It helped me not to barf my guts out so i was sold.

However I was still getting Migraines. Especially with weather changes. My prescription pain medicine for migraines was actually making it worse for me. So my Dr suggested that I do Excedrin Migraine, along with either Benadryl or one of my nausea medicines, Phenergan. Apparently the anti histamine in both has an effect on headaches. I tried it and it worked! But it didn't prevent them.

Fast Forward to January, I was at my Chiropractor #1's office and his receptionist, who also suffers from debilitating Migraines, told me she had found something that REALLY helped prevent migraines. And best of all, it was all natural. No prescription needed, and no weird side effects. It was actually a vitamin. Yes, I said VITAMIN!


I don't know what or how it does it, but I have been taking Magnesium faithfully once a day since January and I have only had one migraine in six months. And that Migraine did not lay me flat on the couch. I was able to fight it off with PLAIN TYLENOL!! my nausea meds, and an ice pack. For times where I can't have an ice pack on the back of my neck, teaching, ect.. I roll on some Biofreeze which is delightful menthol stuff in a cool roll on. 

Magnesium has been a game changer. I don't even have Excedrin migraine in my house, as I am able to control the very few on coming headaches i have with just tylenol and some cold stuff on my head. 

Now when the weather does do a huge drop, I try to be proactive and take some tyenol around the huge change, so nothing tries to start. Sometimes I will get a small headache or feel tightening around my head, but I am able to fight off the migraine and keep on about my day which is nothing short of amazing!

If you suffer from Migraines, I would encourage you to try Magnesium! It's something your body needs anyway. If you can take a vitamin and control your headaches it is totally worth it!!

(as always check with your Dr before taking it, I don't know if any medications are not to be mixed or taken at the same time as Magnesium. I'm not a Dr. I just watch them on TV ;) )

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Catch up

 As I've mentioned before I'm trying to keep my face out of the sun to prevent any further sun damage. Its going well but I noticed that my face and neck were a ghastly white compared to the rest of my body. I decided to buy some facial self tanner (Jergen's FYI) and am quite pleased with the results! Granted it does smell a little bit, but it has helped even out my skin tone, and best of all it has really helped me go almost bare faced! NO foundation and just a tiny bit of powder when i feel like it! Hurray! Perfect for the sweaty summer!
 Life has been busy with Teaching and extra curricular activities for my students. Miss. S. had her 18'th birthday party at a blood drive a few weeks ago so I went to that and enjoyed the cake and pizza even though I couldn't donate.
 And the week before that was her Highschool graduation! Sniff, sniff..
 Had a dinner adventure with Audra and Addie. Addie is all about that thumb, 
 Bout that thumb, no paci..
 See what I mean? She is adorable, I can't believe how big she is getting! I want her to stay small but then i'm also excited for her to talk and hear what is going on in that little brain of hers!
 Did I mention that while at the blood drive I got to meet Phil the Blood drop?
 He helped Miss. S donate..
 So many things in this picture make me laugh!
I snapped this picture the other day to show my Mom how tall my plant had gotten. While I was on fb later the same day I noticed that a year ago I had posted a picture of my new home. If you had told me a year ago that I'd be buying it now and be a homeowner, I would have laughed in your face! I love my little home!
 At the end of May I got to meet sweet little Roman! Jboz finally had her baby, and the little stinker came several hours before his momma was going to be induced! Labor happened so fast that none of us made it to the hospital before he was born! Little guy definitely knows what he likes, when he wants it, and what he doesn't like. For example, Like-Sucking his thumb. Dislike:Being Hungry. I should say EXTREMELY dislikes being hungry!
 Going at that thumb...
 Within a few minutes of this crying picture, I had Rock, Bounce, Sway Patted him to sleep. The first time he had went to sleep after being born and Auntie Charity did it! #skillz #babywhisperer
Last week I got to go visit him and his Momma and soak in his cuteness. And Baby smell. Oh Baby Smell. If I could bottle it up I would! 

Such a sweet little boy! I look forward to many more cuddles with my Ro Ro!